Time: 12:30pm - 5:30pm, February 11, 2013
Location: Room 110 and the Goldberg Room, Boalt Hall.

Event Overview:
Country rankings and indicators have been used by government agencies, non-governmental organizations, development funds, private actors, and academics to measure aspects of governance and the rule of law in countries throughout the world. These measurements are used to assist these entities in making important decisions about where foreign investments should be made, how and where foreign aid should be spent, and what policies should be pursued with respect to these countries. The 2013 Riesenfeld Symposium explored what these indicators measure well, what are their shortcomings and dangers, and how they have changed and evolved in response to criticisms and concerns. The event brought together academics, policymakers, creators and users of indicators for a day-long discussion on this important and timely topic. Photographs from the event are available here.

Following the event, a cocktail reception and dinner were held at the Bancroft Hotel, where Prof. Dinah Shelton was presented with the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Award for her outstanding contributions to the field of international law.


The Miller Institute for Global Challenges in the Law

The Institute of Governmental Studies

The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Monday, February 11th
12:45 PM

Keynote Address

Anne-Marie Leroy, General Counsel of the World Bank

Room 110, Boalt Hall

12:45 PM

2:00 PM

Panel I: Challenges and Opportunities for Using Indicators

Tim Buthe, Associate Professor of Political Science, Duke University
Kevin Davis, Vice Dean, Beller Family Professor of Business Law, New York University School of Law
Katerina Linos, Assistant Professor of Law, Berkeley Law

Goldberg Room

2:00 PM

3:30 PM

Panel II: New Developments in Evidence-Based International Policymaking

Juan Carlos Botero, Executive Director, World Justice Project
Simon Conte, Director of Research and Assessments, Rule of Law Initiative, American Bar Association
Aart Kraay, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank

Goldberg Room

3:30 PM

5:15 PM

Riesenfeld Award Banquet

Dinah Shelton, Prof. of International Law, George Washington University School of Law

Bancroft Hotel

5:15 PM